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Werner Formally Inducted Into Big South Hall of Fame

June 1, 2007
|  Charlotte, N.C.
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Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander (left) and Liberty Executive Vice President/CEO Dr. Ronald Godwin (right) pose with new Big South Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Werner.

Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander (left) and Liberty Executive Vice President/CEO Dr. Ronald Godwin (right) pose with new Big South Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Werner.

Former Liberty track and field student-athlete Ryan Werner (1992-96) has become the first Flames performer to be enshrined into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame. He and four others were officially inducted last evening during a special ceremony as part of the conference's annual spring meetings, at the Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, S.C. 

Werner was Liberty's first three-time NCAA Division I All-American (1994-95-96). He placed ninth in the decathlon at the 1994 NCAA National Championships, fourth in the event at the 1995 NCAA National Championships and eighth in the decathlon at the 1996 NCAA National Championships. 

Werner was also the first Liberty athlete to win an IC4A title, winning the 1992 decathlon as a freshman. He won the IC4A decathlon title four times (1992-94-95-96), won the IC4A pole vault as a senior and also won the Penn Relays decathlon in 1995. 

As a senior, Werner was honored with the Liberty University Rock Royer Award, given annually to Liberty's top student-athlete. He still holds the Liberty school decathlon record and the Big South Conference season record with the 7,662 points he totaled at the 1995 national championships (the Big South did not offer the decathlon as a conference championship event until the 2001 season). 

Werner was named to the United States Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team in 1994 and 1996. He also helped Liberty to its first three conference championships in outdoor track & field (1994-95-96). 

In Big South competition, Werner placed second in the 110-meter hurdles, third at 200 meters and fourth at 100 meters in 1993. He was also second in the javelin, third in the pole vault, fifth at 400 meters, fifth in the hammer, seventh in both the 110-meter hurdles and the discus in 1994. 

Werner was conference champion in the javelin and pole vault in 1995, as well as the Big South Track Championships high scorer with 41 points in 1996. In addition, he was conference champion in the javelin, second in pole vault, third in the discus, shot put and 400 meters, fifth in the hammer and eighth in long jump in 1996. 

Werner has worked as an assistant track & field coach at Coastal Carolina and is currently a fireman and EMT in the Myrtle Beach area. 

Former Coastal Carolina student-athletes Sherry Johnson (softball) and Robert Dowdell (men's basketball), former Winthrop baseball coach Horace Turbeville and former Radford and Big South President Dr. Donald Dedmon comprised the remainder of the 2007 class. Turbeville and Dedmon were honored posthumously. The Hall of Fame was created in 2003 as a part of the league's 20th Anniversary celebration, and now totals 30 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.